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ETM visits CERN - the world’s largest nuclear research laboratory

CERN, the European nuclear research laboratory founded in 1954 near Geneva is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory and accelerator centre. Here, physicists, together with 8,000 other scientists throughout the world, research what matter is made of and which forces hold it together. For this reason CERN built the world’s largest particle accelerator (large hadron collider). The materials and systems needed for these complex tasks must meet particularly high demands. One of these systems is PVSS (process control and visualisation software), made by ETM.

In 1997 CERN decided to use a commercial SCADA system to control and monitor the four LHC experiments (ATLAS, ALICE, CMS, LHC-B). Following in-depth tests, ETM’s product was finally selected from 130 competitors. PVSS was the only SCADA system that met the high requirements demanded of it and fulfilled all 168 specified criteria.

In November of 2000, PVSS was put into operation and in 2002 CERN established this software as the standard for all SCADA-related tasks. There are now more than 130 systems distributed with over 400 licences and 600 users in 31 countries. For ETM, this close co-operation with CERN represents system development at the highest level. CERN not only supports ETM with tests and by using the very latest version, but also provides an impressive base for demonstrating the large scale capabilities of PVSS. We have already won contracts for numerous international projects as a result.

At the beginning of December, more than 80 customers and parties interested in PVSS were convinced of these capabilities by visiting the CERN control centre and seeing the LHC particle accelerator situated 100 metres below ground, and also the ATLAS and CMS experiments. In spring, operation will begin, followed by 15 years of research to establish the origins of the Big Bang. During this time CERN will be closed to the public.



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